By Steve Buchanan @sbuchanan24 on June 12, 2014
With each passing loss, the Boston Red Sox are falling further and further out of contention. With that being said, we have to take a realistic look at what players could become expendable if they end up being sellers at the trade deadline. It's something Red Sox fans surely don't want to hear, but they do have some valuable pieces that could bring back nice returns.
Shocked? You shouldn't be. Jon Lester is in his contract year, and if the Red Sox feel like they can't resign him, this could bring back quite a package of players. Any team in contention would love to have Lester pitching in a big game for them. This might be a desperate measure, but don't count it out completely.
Peavy is on the tail end of his five-year, -million-dollar contract. While his numbers aren't overly impressive, it seems unlikely the Red Sox will bring him back next year. However, Peavy can rack up the strikeouts and could be a solid third or fourth starter for a National League team. Someone would take a flyer on the veteran.
This one should be quite obvious. Besides the rumor that he might retire instead play for the league minimum next year, Lackey would be a great starter to add to a team's rotation. He's a proven playoff workhorse that would absolutely help any team in need of a solid number two starter. If they could work out a contract extension, this could really be a bargain at the deadline.
I can't be serious right? Think about this though; even though I don't personally think Drew is worth it, he could be an intriguing option to a team in need of a middle infielder. If the draft pick wasn't tied to him during the offseason, I guarantee he'd have found a home before the season started. He comes with a hefty price tag, but the thought of the Red Sox actually getting something back for him sounds fantastic.
This one wouldn't sit well with Red Sox fans. However, one of the most dominating closers becoming available at the deadline would have Red Sox GM Ben Cherington's phone ringing off the hook. A team in the hunt with bullpen issues would give up a hefty return for Uehara. Even though he's an impending free agent, the closer seems to be getting better with age and has proven his worth as a reliable closer.
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